Plot: After being embarrassed at a company picnic by his family, Homer decides to scrape the money together to go see a family therapist.
For some reason I recall this being one of the episodes that really helped lodge this show in the popular consciousness — the Simpson family strapped into chairs wired with electricity, shocking the hell out of each other is certainly an indelible image (though maybe that’s just me). It’s an odd episode to watch now, because none of the characters really act the way we expect them to (aside from Bart, who as I mentioned before, has remained surprisingly consistent from episode one). Particularly, Homer and Marge’s roles seem reversed here: Marge gets fall down drunk at the party and doesn’t seem to care, and Homer is the one mortified by his family’s behavior. Homer even sells the family’s TV to pay for the therapy session, a downright unthinkable act for the Homer we’ve come to know and love. GRADE: (B)
Funniest Moment: Homer’s coworker sadly proclaiming “I pity you,” after Homer tells him to drop the “cornball routine” of being in a happy family. That doesn’t read that funny, but it certainly made me laugh (the delivery of the “I pity you” line is pretty great).